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December 2021

Discussion Panel: The Process of Engagement at COP-26

December 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Much has been said about the outcomes of COP-26, the UN's latest Conference of the Parties on climate change. But what can we learn from the COP's process of engagement, especially for the many MIT researchers involved in cross-boundary collaborations? In this moderated panel, several COP attendees will describe their activities and offer lessons learned for future efforts. Speakers: Bethany Patten, Sloan Sustainability Initiative (TBC) Deepa Rao, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Greg Sixt, Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia,…

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November 2021

What Happens Next: Hacking the Hackathon for Long-Term Impact

November 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Speakers: Nina Peluso (MIT PolHack 2020, chair), Freddy Nguyen (MIT COVID-19 Hackathon, MIT Hacking Racism, organizer), Ragini Sreenath (MIT PolHack 2020, MIT EnergyHack, organizer) Whether related to the environment, Internet + cybersecurity, health, future of education + work, housing + planning, or another area, hackathons have become a popular way to engage with students, researchers, and practitioners alike on complex issues. Usually a weekend event, they involve taking real-life data and/or situations and brainstorming solutions. But how impactful (and in…

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May 2021

Equity and Inclusion in Public Policy

May 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nika Elugardo (MA State Representative)

Nika Elugardo

Our final session this semester will focus on ways in which research can inform issues of equity and inclusion in public policy. Join us for a conversation with Representative Nika Elugardo (Massachusetts) on decolonizing public housing and confronting structural racism in constitutional jurisprudence.

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March 2021

Broadband Access and Communities of Color: Using Policy, Research, and Advocacy to Close the Racial Digital Divide

March 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The COVID-19 pandemic alongside the continued fight for racial and economic justice shines a light on a crisis that continues to impact the most marginalized communities across the United States – access to affordable, reliable broadband. This moment presents a unique opportunity to advocate for and implement inclusive policies that will close the digital divide in communities of color and low-income communities throughout the nation. During this event, Dr. Alisa Valentin (Special Advisor, Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks) will discuss the…

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February 2021

Structural racism and accountability in the nuclear science community

February 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


In this seminar, Media Lab researcher and Research to Policy Engagement Fellow Kate Turner and co-authors will lead a discussion on their call for antiracist action and accountability in the US nuclear community.

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December 2020

Lessons from the ESI Rapid Response Group

December 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

John Fernandez (MIT)


Speaker: John Fernandez, MIT The Research to Policy Engagement Initiative builds and connects a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to developing best practices in bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges. Zoom information will be emailed to registrants. Register here.

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November 2020

*CANCELED* Structural racism in the nuclear science community

November 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Katlyn Turner (MIT)


This event has been canceled.

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Mapping urban transit in Nairobi and its policy implications

November 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


African cities are rapidly growing and laying down transportation infrastructure and systems with impacts well into the future.  Exploring the politics of decision making in the sector and using Nairobi as a case study, this talk explores a "Digital Data Commons" approach to supporting more equitable and effective  policies, planning and investments for African cities to avoid high emissions-low livability lock in. Join us for this conversation on urban development, data and planning with Dr. Jacqueline Klopp, Co-Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia…

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Social Media, News Consumption, and Polarization: Evidence from a Field Experiment

November 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Does the consumption of ideologically congruent news on social media exacerbate polarization? Do political leanings of news outlets affect political opinions? Join us for this post-election special where Ro’ee Levy, Postdoctoral Associate at MIT’s Department of Economics, will talk about his work on estimating the effects of social media news exposure on polarization. TPP's Research to Policy Engagement Initiative aims to to create a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to developing best practices in bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges, across…

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October 2020

Trackers: An Interface for Policy, Data Science, Law and the Public

October 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Interested in learning about how online data-tracking tools are used to engage the public? Or how trackers are used for policymaking and activism? Join us for a Research to Policy Engagement Initiative session where Mishi Choudhury, Legal Director at the Software Freedom Law Centre in New York, will talk us through the policy and legal implications of online data-tracking. Register The Research to Policy Engagement Initiative builds and connects a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to…

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